CBD is everywhere. Even pets are getting in on the action. But now that CBD is in everything from hand lotion to dog treats, skincare companies are starting to market facial skincare that features CBD. So is it worth the hype? Is it even safe for skin? Here's everything you need to know.
What the heck is even CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is a compound that's derived from the hemp plant. However, it won't get you high, unfortunately—that's left to THC, another portion of cannabis. CBD is usually found in oil form and can be easily eaten when added to any food or put in lotions and spread on the skin.
What does CBD do?
The most significant evidence points to alleviating seizures. CBD is also used for pain and addiction relief as well as stress alleviation. There's even talk of it aiding cancer-related side effects. But to be honest, because CBD is relatively new, there hasn't been enough research performed to provide absolute evidence; most of what's spread is anecdotal.
CBD and skin
There has been some research performed about CBD's affects on acne, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, and it could genuinely provide acne relief for certain types of breakouts.
But some skincare manufacturers are making bold claims about the affects of adding CBD to your facial routine (and we're talking everything from totally eliminating wrinkles to exfoliation). The truth is that CBD is having a moment, and skincare companies are trying to capitalize on something that's largely a marketing buzzword.
The best bet for truly caring for your skin is still protecting it from sun exposure and keeping it deeply hydrated to prevent wrinkles from forming. Instead of buying into the gimmick, stick with a serum that's been scientifically proven to deeply hydrate and heal skin. And as for the rest of CBD's benefits? We'll take them in chocolate form, thank you.